K. Kirk Shung, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 1992
For contributions to research in ultrasonic imaging and tissue characterization and to biomedical engineering education.

IEEE Biomedical Engineering Awarded to K. Kirk Shung

Via IEEE | February 5, 2016

A world-renowned leader of biomedical ultrasound technology, K. Kirk Shung’s pioneering discoveries have contributed significantly to the health and welfare of society. His early work involving the interaction of ultrasound and blood has set the standard for research activities and the development of diagnostic ultrasound equipment. His study led to a thorough understanding of the origin of echogenicity of biological tissues in an ultrasonic image. Shung is also credited for developing the world’s first high-frequency linear array at 30 MHz for imaging, an important technological breakthough in the field. His recent innovations include applying high-frequency ultrasound beams to trap microparticles and cells and in assessing cellular responses to ultra-high-frequency ultrasound stimulation.An IEEE Life Fellow, Shung is the Dean’s Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.